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Aztec's Mine (Bloor Street West/High Park)

Yes, it is a reasonable place, not too spicy or hot. The menu has been reworked several times since opening in June, and soon they will get it completely right. For now, I am happy with the chilequiles and the pozole. The huevos needed added chorizo, which they will do upon asking (and charge $1.75 more). My wife loves the enchiladas verde and the sopas. So we are happy. They serve Coke imported from Mexico with cane syrup, as well as Mex beers.

PS: The lamb soup with chick peas is dee-licious!!!

Recommendations on wine from the LCBO for a wedding?

Are we talking about the same thing? I am NOT talking about wines on sale as in delisted or deleted. I am talking about the regular stock that goes on sale every month, called Limited Time Offers. After a month they go back up to their regular price.

Well obviously we buy different wines. I have never had a bad experience with LTOs, at any price range.

Recommendations on wine from the LCBO for a wedding?

If you have time, go to a large LCBO store and talk with a product consultant who may be able to steer you.

I find that Limited Time Offers (on the Food and Drink website) to be useful. You can find good wines at $3 off, so for $15 you'll get a better wine that normally sells for $18 or so. The latest round of sales began Aug 17, the next round will be Sept 13.


Recommendations on wine from the LCBO for a wedding?

Cotes du Rhone reds
Muscadet whites

lots of them around

NEWLY Closed/Changed 2015 Restaurants in Toronto, July 1 - end of the year 2015

DineSafe will take care of the pestilence.

Bushels of Romano Beans in Toronto area

Places on Rogers Road and St. Clair West at Oakwood, do not know names, sorry. Just drive until you see them.

NEWLY Opened 2015 restaurants and food stores in Toronto, from July 1 -

I feel the same way about the Kingsway and Bloor West Village (except for Bloom Restaurant). Roncesvalle and the Junction are much more lively and edible....

NEWLY Closed/Changed 2015 Restaurants in Toronto, July 1 - end of the year 2015

A large rumour is that Susur Lee is taking over the location...

RUMOUR - McEwan selling to CARA??

Maybe he can use the money to reopen Crush Wine Bar....;-)

NEWLY Closed/Changed 2015 Restaurants in Toronto, July 1 - end of the year 2015

Crush closed very suddenly last week .. anybody know why? No media coverage thus far, except here...

NEWLY Opened 2015 restaurants and food stores in Toronto, from July 1 -

Time for another round of newly opened restaurants and/or food stores in Toronto in 2015, to end of the year...

What have you spotted already?

NEWLY Closed/Changed 2015 Restaurants in Toronto, July 1 - end of the year 2015

Time for another round of newly closed restaurants and/or food stores in Toronto in 2015, to the end of the year????

What have you spotted already?

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

Crush has had a long involvement with wine in Toronto...
From their Twitter account --

Crush Wine Bar @CrushWineBarTO
We are sad to say that this is our last service. Thanks to everyone who've joined us over the years. Come raise a glass to say goodbye!

Private dinner for 20 near U of T / Harbord Street / Yorkville

Gallery Grill in Hart House, but then you'd need a lot of people to book it as a "special event". But it is doable. Try their cocktail hour at 4PM

Looking for cheap priced Dim Sum after 1pm

THEN I guess that there is nothing for a discount in downtown Toronto after lunch?

Le Paradis

Then enjoy it while you can and save a few bucks..Put it into a dinner at Scaramouche.

Le Select

I liked it better when it was on Queen Street. Since that time, service, to me, has been an issue...

Frozen Dim Sum

Any updates on this thread? I only know of Mothers Dumplings in Spadina Chinatown. Thanks!!!

2015 Mother's Day Brunch Buffet idea around GTA

It always seems to be the Old Mill for a buffet brunch...Buffets never make your mum feel like a queen, more like "put upon" since they have to crawl through the line like everyone else. AND if you get her food, she'll complain that she didn't get a chance to see what was there, etc etc.

Try something different such as a sitdown brunch at Bloom, with a special Mother's Day Brunch at $30. There are also other places with a sitdown Mother's Day brunch.

Look, she wants and needs to SIT down, not line up.

Any indian buffets actually worthwhile?

Or...1.5 blocks north of Carlton, east side of Yonge

The popularity of Swiss Chalet seems to be waning in the GTA. Thoughts?

Their slide began when they introduced the inedible ribs onto the menu. The last time I was there I had the double drumsticks, best value.

Quick service near TIFF Lightbox

on John, just north of Adelaide. Belgian/German/Euro food and beer. Affordable.

I did the half-hour thing last night just before the Cameron House.

Restos/Bars for sale

Dinner near the Manulife Centre


Winterlicious Menus now posted, Jan 30 - Feb 12 2015

Hmmmm....what I liked about Chiado lunches was the fact that the servers didn't seem to care whether I ordered wine or coffee or anything extra.

That's the added value of eating out lunches: usually there is no pressure for imbibing since many diners must go back to work.

I had two Winterlicious dinners a decade ago: never again...It was loud and both times the servers were miffed they didn't get the extra alcohol sales (and tips).

OTOH, I am not cheap and usually tip 20% at lunch on the total bill. It is only fair since the lunches are cheaper priced than they normally are.

Buster Rhino's Toronto Location

Do you suppose it just might give Chiado a run for its money? Just doors away...;-) Puck

Best Budget Pricing on Organic Free Range Antibiotic Free Meat in GTA

We get our meats from a farmer I know, and I know her methods. Small animals, all nicely cut up or whole or halves, like chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, lambs, pigs. Even eggs and veggies. Into the freezer they go. We're not fond of beef.

You can also join a CSA for fruit/veggies AND for meats.

The value here is regular home deliveries, no need to go out and shop. The only bad thing is a lack of spontaneity: planning is called for.

Google "Community Sustained Agriculture" +Ontario and see what turns up. This is a good time of year to do it since they are starting to take orders.

Through the CSA, you may also be able to find more meat farmers, although a few veggie CSAa have their own meat or can broker some.

$100 for two, all in.

Since Little Sister and "corkage waive" got mentioned, I thought I'd throw in the owner of Little Sister (Quince) with its free corkage on Mondays and Tuesdays. Other restos have free corkage on these days too, will make a difference..

You should realize that 2 cocktails each plus tip and HST will come to over $50, more than half your $100 total. Your meal might just be a soup, salad and a the cocktails.

Restaurant specialising in dishes with Fish Soup, in uptown Toronto - 2015 Jan edition

I asked something similar (French soupe de poisson) back in July...Try then

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Not sure if anybody has posted this yet (hard to find anything in this new format and with 587 or more entries) but BlogTO yesterday posted some pix of closed restaurants, mostly historical.